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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 6, 2007 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Self defense

Right there with you, friend. It started as the music, but now it's the people that draw me in. Many distinct styles and personality, a "great melting pot" indeed. I believe the phrase "Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses" has been used to describe "the great unwashed" that regular this forum. Works for me, especially this morning as I huddle over the computer, speaking to the masses, too tired to shower and too broke to care.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Jan 6, 2007 6:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Self defense

i hope you don't mind me jumping in here, but as a long-time lurker and non-poster, i feel constrained to contribute at last, following the recent posts regarding folks who view and don't post and those of you who question your participation in the forum.
To me, the forum has always been a wonderful place of knowledge and ideas and i've always been in awe of the articulacy and erudition of most of the participants.
I had always subscribed to Groucho Marx's philosophy that he refused to join a club that would have him as a member but the quality of this forum has turned me around. William mentions music, technology and the people as the factors keeping him on the forum bus and I would like to propose another factor, the spiritual dimension.
I was first drawn to grateful dead music in 69 when tripping (Anthem of the Sun) and things I heard and read about the Dead drew me to them even more without me really knowing why. Then when I heard Live Dead, I knew this was the music I had been looking for. But it was the Dead's spiritual philosophy that also attracted and inspired me. To me, that philosophy embodies such attributes as kindness, compassion, openness, discernment, faith, high ideals, harmony, joy, inner knowledge, intuition, patience, self-responsibility, tolerance, wisdom and a 'gentle love for All That Is'.
Actually its getting late now and I've lost track of where I'm going with this. It was something to do with Ganges' thread. Can I get back to you later?

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Jan 6, 2007 7:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Self defense

Welcome my friend- I have felt your presence in my consciousness- as I do all lurkers- and find it great that you have joined us in the physical sense- Thank you for your metaphysical support in the past- Hopefully this brings joy to you and is, yes, therapeutic- I know it is for me- I think you are about the 5th person in the last few days to step forward

Does anyone from the Grok remember what I thought would be a measure of a successful grok? I said that we could measure the number of new people who joined the forum- now honestly I was thinking new registrations, hence new lurkers- but our Grok seems to have brought forth some worthy lurkers to join us

PLease do come back, as I do not want to be the only one, besides Rob, to use the word erudite in a post.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 6, 2007 8:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Self defense

Much appreciated...I am not an especially spiritual person in a traditional sense, BUT I am an especially big fan of communal experiences with music...even if these days these experiences are electronically communal...

Thanks for speaking up, and I love the Groucho quote--almost used it here a dozen times or more! Someone should really figure out how many new folks have 'come out' over the past month or so.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 6, 2007 6:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Self defense

Fantastic entry, friend. Excellent thought expressed well, very happy you have chosen to make yourself heard. As you pointed out so well, it is indeed the spritualism of this whole thing that keeps me coming back as well. It entails the music, the people, the "vibe" for lack of a better term, the ideas, the discussions, the values, everything. In this family, regardless of a person's background or philosophies, if you meet them here, chances are he/she is already a good friend
Again, excellent start, hoping to hear more from you in the future!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 6, 2007 8:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Self defense

Hi SDH, good to see you. It's cold, wet, miserable and now dark here. The forum is a fine warm place to be.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 6, 2007 10:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Self defense

Yep, missed out on last nights stuff. Actually spent a full night with the wife and daughter instead of you bozos. Yes, I do have a life outside of here, contrary to popular belief. Sorry the weather's a little bleak my friend, but it just makes the single malt that much better (it's a little tough to enjoy a nice glass when it's a 118).

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Poster: deadmax Date: Jan 6, 2007 10:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Self defense

Is this about someone's asshole?

Brrrrrrr!

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 6, 2007 11:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Self defense

Please, please, please, let's not venture down that highway again. Which reminds me of a Hershey show...